Saturday, September 21, 2013

City Hall News

Business is Business

City, CEPCO, Chamber of Commerce and BIA throw out the welcome mat

Released by the City of Chilliwack


n Thursday, September 19, 2013, the City of Chilliwack won the 2013 Open for Business Award at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference in Vancouver. The provincial award of $10,000 was issued by BC's Small Business Roundtable to help implement measures that benefit small business.

Award evaluations are based on how municipalities enhance small-business competitiveness, recognize the contributions of small businesses to the community and promote the principles of the BC Small Business Accord.

"It has been one of our primary goals to attract and maintain business growth in Chilliwack and this $10,000 award will help bring us closer to that goal," said Mayor Gaetz. "It is wonderful to be recognized for our efforts, and that of our many partners, in making Chilliwack a place where small businesses can grow, develop and flourish."

Contracting with the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) is an innovative approach that the City has taken to encourage economic growth. One of CEPCO's small business priorities is to locate new businesses in Chilliwack and work cooperatively with the City in setting mutual priorities.

Other key initiatives outlined in the City of Chilliwack's submission included maintaining strong relationships and commitments to other business resources within the community, such as the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association.

The Province remarked how the Welcoming Communities Program, led by Chilliwack Community Services in partnership with the City of Chilliwack, stood out in our submission.

Chilliwack Community Services have undertaken delivery of the Welcoming Communities Program, an innovative Province of BC program to foster welcoming and inclusive communities across the province. An immigrant business fair was held in May 2013 to create awareness of services to newcomers in Chilliwack and build connections and relationships across the community.


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